Yesterday (01) 08 persons including Nadun Chinthaka Wickramaratne aka Harak Kata and Salindu Malshitha Gunaratne aka Kudu Salindu were arrested by the country’s security forces in Madagascar.
As reported yesterday (06) by L’EXPRESS website, which is a major media network in Madagascar, these 8 people were arrested at Iwato International Airport in Madagascar. Among them is a person who claims to be Harak Kata’s wife. According to the website, she is a Malagasy national.
According to the report of this website, it is said that 05 people, including Harak Kata, arrived at the country’s “Nosi Bi” International Airport on February 12 in a private jet. The following day, these people arrived at the Antananarivo airport in an internal flight. According to media reports in the country, they were arrested on the 1st when they were leaving Madagascar.
At the time of arrest, Harak Kata appeared to be super rich. He is wearing a blue European dress. It has also been found that he has entered the country as a business trip. Kudu Salindu and the rest of the group have appeared as Harak Kata’s assistants and guards.
According to the orders obtained by the Sri Lankan courts and police reports, the International Police has issued red notices against the underworld criminals including Harak Kata and Kudu Salindu. It is related to murders, drug trafficking and firearms trafficking.
According to the red notice of the International Police, the Madagascar security forces have clearly identified only the Harak kata. It is said that the drug addiction was identified through interrogations and investigations.
The country’s media reports that investigations after the arrest have revealed that the group including Harak Kata, who came to Madagascar, were staying at luxury hotels in Ivato and Ambohimangakeli. According to the security camera footage of those hotels, the security forces are currently observing and investigating his behavior as well as many other things.
According to local media reports, Harak Kata and the group arrived at Iwato Airport in two luxury cars from the hotel.
According to the media reports, after keeping an eye on this group, they were finally arrested along with all the mobile phones of the suspects as well as the vehicles they came to the airport with. Thirty-two million local currency was also found in the possession of the woman who pretends to be Harak Kata’s wife. The media reports of the country also said that the money was confiscated.
According to the media reports, Harak Kata distributes drugs in Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore, Seychelles, Maldives and Madagascar. According to the media reports, Harak Kata and others are to be deported to Sri Lanka.
It has been learned through unofficial sources in Sri Lanka that among the other arrested suspects including Harak Kata and Kudu Salindu, there are other people involved in the drug network in Sri Lanka. But the International Police Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department had not officially received this arrest. Even the Police Narcotics Bureau, which had arranged to obtain red notices by the International Police against cattle rustling and drug trafficking, had not received information about this. When asked about this, a responsible senior police officer stated that he would inquire about the arrest from Madagascar through the International Police and confirm the facts about the arrest.
The official said that after confirming the facts, they will hold official talks with the country and take the necessary steps to bring the suspects to Sri Lanka. The official added that a team from the Criminal Investigation Department will be sent to the country to interrogate and bring them back.
Before this too, the Dubai Police arrested Harak Katava according to an International Police Red Notice. That is on August 11, 2022. He was arrested when he arrived at the airport to go to Malaysia from Dubai. At that time, he was also in possession of drugs and he was staying on a fake foreign passport at that time. Also, a woman said to be Harak Kata’s wife also stayed with him that day.
When Harak was arrested at the Dubai airport, he was using M. The foreign passport bearing number M 6692136. According to a notice given to the Interpol by the Police Narcotics Bureau, the police narcotics bureau had identified the foreign passport number of Herath Dissanayake, who appeared on a foreign passport in the name of Roshan Isanka. The arrested Harak kata was not able to properly complete the legal matters required to be extradited to this country, so the Dubai Police had released him on October 3rd.